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APROC 2018
 
Latest update: May 26, 2018
 
The 2018 edition of exercise Air Centric Personal Recovery Operative Course (APROC) will be held at Gilze-Rijen. APROC starts at May 23 and will end at June 6. From May 23 until May 25 the exercise will focus on in the classroom.

24 missions are planned to be flown from May 28 until June 6. Each day one mission will be flown in the afternoon composed of three task forces which all have their own exercise location. Three are located in Belgium (Zoersel - provincie Antwerpen, Leopoldsburg - provincie Limburg en Ursel - provincie Oost-Vlaanderen) and Netherlands (Leusderheide - city of Leusden, Stroese zand - city of Barneveld, Ederheide - city of Ede, Crayel Heide - city of Venlo, Kruispeel and Weerterheide - city of Weert).
Date Location Location Location
28-05-18      
29-05-18      
30-05-18      
31-05-18      
01-06-18      
       
       
04-06-18      
05-06-18      
06-06-18      
       

Note: A familiarization flight took place on Friday May 25th which saw three task forces training operational procedures in the Dutch airspace.

APROC succeeds exercise Combined Joint Personnel Recovery Standardization Course (CJPRSC). The exercise rotates annually between the members and partners of the European Personnel Recovery Centre (EPRC).

EPRC member countries: Belgium. France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
EPRC partner countries: Canada, Hungary, Poland, Sweden and the United States.

The photos below have been taken on May 22, 2018 (main arrival day APROC). For the participating Royal Netherlands Air Force helicopters photos will be uploaded as soon as they are available after an APROC mission (Apache, Chinook and Cougar photos taken at other locations will not be used in this section but can be seen under The Netherlands. The same applies for the helicopters of the other countries which haven't arrived in May 22.
 
Participants APROC 2018
 
Gilze-Rijen
Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
France AS555AN 2 EH 05.067 Orange First arrived 22.05
  NH90-TTH 1 1 RHC Phalsbourg Arrived 22.05
Italy EF-2000 2 36° Stormo Gioia del Colle Arrived 22.05
  G550CAEW 1 71° Gruppo / 14° Stormo Pratica di Mare  Arrived 22.05
  HH-101A 1 15° Stormo Cervia Arrived 22.05
  EH-101A 1 1° Grupelicot Luni-La Spezia Arrived 23.05
Netherlands CH-47D/F 2 298 squadron Gilze-Rijen  
  AH-64D 4 301 squadron Gilze-Rijen  
  AS532U2 1 300 squadron Gilze-Rijen  
Poland Mi-24V 2 56. BLT Inowroclaw Arrived 22.05
Spain AS332B 1 803 Esc Madrid / Cuatro Vientos Arrived 22.05
Sweden 1 x Hkp.16A (UH-60M) 1 2.Hkpskv Linköping/Malmen Arrived 22.05
United Kingdom Merlin HC.3A 2 846 NAS RNAS Yeovilton Arrived 22.05
           
Total aircraft operating from Gilze-Rijen 21
Home base
Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
France E-3F 1 EDCA 036 Avord Ops. from homebase
NATO E-3A 1 NAEW&CF Geilenkirchen Ops. from homebase
Netherlands F-16AM 2 312 squadron Volkel Ops. from homebase
           
Total aircraft operating from home bases 4
Total participating aircraft 25
Cancelled participants
Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
Belgium A109HA 1 17 squadron Beauvechain  
France EC725 'Caracal' 1 EH 01.067 Cazaux  
Germany To Be Confirmed        
Italy HH-139A 2 15° Stormo Cervia  
Spain AS332B 1 803 Esc Madrid / Cuatro Vientos  
United Kingdom Merlin HC.4 1 846 NAS RNAS Yeovilton  
  Puma HC.2 2 33 squadron RAF Benson Expected 25.05
           
Total   8
Support Aircraft
Country: Aircraft: No. aircraft Squadron / Wing: Airbase: Comments:
           
France Falcon 900 1 ET 00.060 BA 107 Villacoublay  
Italy KC-767A 1 14° Stormo Practica di Mare Eindhoven Air Base.
Poland C-130E 1 14 ELTr Powidz  
Spain A400M 1 Ala 31 Zaragoza  
           
Total   4
 
APROC 2018 participants photo gallery
 
French Air Force AS555AN EH 05.067 French Navy NH90-NFH 33F Italian Air force EF-2000 4 Stormo
     
Note: Photo will follow during one the APROC missions. Note: Photo will follow during one the APROC missions.
Italian Air Force 14° Stormo G550CAEW  Italian Air Force 15° Stormo HH-101A Italian Navy EH-101
     
Note:

Photo will follow during one of the APROC missions.
Note:

Photo will follow during one of the APROC missions.
Note:

Photo will follow during one of the APROC missions.
     
RNLAF CH-47D 298 squadron RNLAF AS532.U2 300 squadron RNLAF AH-64D 301 squadron
     
Polish Army Mi-24V 56 BLT Spanish Air Force AS332B Ala 48 Swedish Army Hkp.16 2.Hkpskv
     
Note: aircraft hasn't arrived yet. Photo will follow during one the APROC missions.  
  Royal Navy Merlin HC.3A  
 
APROC 2018 support aircraft
 
French Air Force Falcon 900 ET 00.060 Polish Air Force C-130E 14 ELTr Spanish Air Force A400M Ala 31
 
APROC 2018 cancelled participants
 
Belgian Air Component A109HA French Air Force EC725 'Caracal' Italian Air Force HH-139
     
   
Royal Air Force Puma HC.1 (fleet is upgraded to HC.2 standard).